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White Sun

Fall Grant 2014 - Production Stage

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Deepak Rauniyar / Feature Narrative / Nepal, United States of America, Netherlands, Qatar / 2016 / 88 min / Original Language: Nepali / Interests: Drama


When his father dies, anti-regime partisan Chandra must travel to his remote mountain village after nearly a decade away. Little Pooja is anxiously awaiting the man she thinks is her father, but she’s confused when Chandra arrives with Badri, a young street orphan rumoured to be his son. Chandra must face his brother Suraj, who was on the opposing side during the Nepali civil war. The two brothers cannot put aside political feelings while carrying their father’s body down the steep mountain path to the river for cremation. Suraj storms off in a rage, leaving Chandra with no other men strong enough to help. Under pressure from the village elders, Chandra must seek help from outside the village to obey the rigid caste and discriminatory gender traditions he fought to eliminate during the war. Chandra searches for a solution in neighboring villages, among the police, guests at a local wedding, and rebel guerrillas…


Deepak Rauniyar
Deepak Rauniyar and David Barker
Deepak Rauniyar, Joslyn Barnes, Tsering Sherpa, Michel Merkt
Production Company
Aadi Production
Production Company
Aadi Production

About the Director

Deepak Rauniyar is a Berlinale Talent Campus and TIFF Talent Lab alumnus. His feature length debut, ‘Highway’ (2012) had its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, and was the first film from Nepal to screen at a major international festival. Currently in progress, ‘White Sun’, his second feature, was selected for L’ Atelier at the Festival de Cannes and Boost! in Rotterdam, and awarded funding from the Hubert Bals Fund.

Awards and Festival History


New Directors New Films, New York 2017
Int’l Film Festival Rotterdam 2017
Busan Int’l Film Festival 2016
TIFF 2016
Valladolid Int’l Film Festival 2016
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2016
Dubai Int’l Film Festival 2016, Cinema of the World


INTERFILM Award, Venice Film Festival 2016 (WP)
Silver Screen Award, Singapore International Film Festival 2016
New Voices / New Visions Grand Jury Prize, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2017
Nepal’s Official Submission for the 2017 Academy Aw


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    Deepak Rauniyar

    Aadi Production

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